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Old 05-04-09, 10:50 PM
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Anyone got the flu?

I'm sitting here tonight, minding my own business, watching a baseball game, when all of a sudden I had the chills. Took my temperature and found it to be 100.2. Not bad, but other that the temp, I feel fine. Don't know if I have a flu, I got my shot last fall. I know it doesn't work against H1N1, but if you have the flu the odds of it being H1N1 are very low.

I think I caught it from DG's new avatar.
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Back in December I had what I thought was the flu but it turned out to be the cold, instead.

Now they're saying the H1N1 scare was not as big of a deal as they first thought.
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Tom, you swine!

My avatar is as germ free as a baby's bottom.
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Just to be safe, we should shut down this forum.
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No, I don't have the flu; however, according to CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox, and anyone else with a microphone and a transmitter, it is just a matter of time. We should close all schools and businesses for months, but wait, upon reflection, perhaps we should close federal, state, and local governments for about a year, instead. That would eliminate a primary source of stress and aggravation, which could lead to a case of the flu.
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Back in December I had what I thought was the flu but it turned out to be the cold, instead.

Now they're saying the H1N1 scare was not as big of a deal as they first thought.
The media has hyped this into nonsense and the "authorities" have jumped on board. I just read something from the CDC noting that the US had 13,000 deaths so far this year from seasonal flu. And we close entire school systems before anyone even gets a mild case of swine flu?

Tom -- take two aspirins and mail me the $5.
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Old 05-05-09, 07:08 AM
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I wear an N-95 mask when I visit the forum these days.

A problem with this flu is that it could die down, go away, and then mutate into something worse and come back much more dangerous than it is now.
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I've been traveling the past few days and one positive side effect is that airport bathrooms are suddenly sparkling clean - they seem to have put extra crews to work scrubbing down every surface.

Wonder how many normal flu deaths we would save if everyone were always this careful...
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I am so sick of hearing about the flu. I heard on the radio this morning that Mexico has CANCELLED a majority of their Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

PEOPLE! IT'S THE FLU! It's not ebola, it's not plague. It's the flu. This isn't 1918 anymore. Drink plenty of fluids. Take some aspirin. In the unlikely event that your symptoms become life threatening, go see a medical professional. Otherwise, wait 72 hours and you will begin to feel better.
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I agree that per usual the media is making everyone panic (similar to hurricane season here in South Florida), but I did lose two Uncles to the 1918 pandemic (they were both children at the time), so, you never know...

So, since last week I've been doing my supermarket trips before going to work (the store is empty having just opened), and that really helps, since going after work means being there when it's crowded and full of kids just coming from school.

I've also gotten to being at my Saturday morning resturant very early (I won't go on Sundays, when it's jammed), and did cancel a meeting with some friends from church who were meeting at a restaurant this past Saturday night (in this area, that means the resturant was jammed with local residents and tourists, since this part of South Florida is a favorite for both groups).

It might sound excessive, but here in Fort Lauderdale we have so many tourists at any one time (up to a dozen cruise ships dock here on an average weekend), that it's more likely for us to pick up something that in Toldeo, OH, for example...

Still, I did get a serious case of the flu in December 2003 (I had a 104 temp), and in 1989 while an ER volunteer in Miami I did manage to get the "Cruise Ship Virus" (Norovirus), which put me in the hospital for one night (I needed an IV due to a severe loss of fluids), so, you never know...

Still, as the CDC said, just good common sense hygiene is the best physical defense - washing hands when needed and not rubbing the eyes or putting fingers in the old nose are the things not to do...

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The governmental panic and over-reaction is hurting local businesses and schools. This is NOT 1918 all over again! As many of you have mentioned, ordinary precautions and a healthy immune system are all the protection one needs, and even if you do happen to succumb, recovery is likely to be total and rapid.
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72 degrees right about now, brilliant sunshine, no wind yet...
new tahrs on the mtb...
lupine is in full bloom on Figueroa...
I do believe I feel a little sumtin....
prolly best iff'n I left work right now, soz i don;t infest anybody else...

(i luvs dat smilie)
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I wear an N-95 mask when I visit the forum these days.

A problem with this flu is that it could die down, go away, and then mutate into something worse and come back much more dangerous than it is now.
youz meanz like DIS?
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Whatever I had, it appears to have been short-lived. Fever is totally gone. Only have an occasional sneeze.
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The "regular" flu is linked to approximately 35,000 deaths per year. This swine flu will be linked to a couple hundred at most, now they are saying it is not nearly as bad as originally thought. Between the media exagerations and hype, and Obama's crew using it to deflect us from paying attention to real issues, we have been whipped up into a manufactured health crisis. Screw it, just ride.
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The "regular" flu is linked to approximately 35,000 deaths per year. This swine flu will be linked to a couple hundred at most, now they are saying it is not nearly as bad as originally thought. Between the media exagerations and hype, and Obama's crew using it to deflect us from paying attention to real issues, we have been whipped up into a manufactured health crisis. Screw it, just ride.
If you study flu history, we have a bad flu season every time the bug changes, but we have it in the fall and winter, not the spring. Why everyone is acting this way right now is beyond me.

Obama's crew using it to deflect attention? Every time I've heard Obama, he's downplayed it. How do we manage to make even flu a political issue? Buy up ammo and ride it out, Tim...
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The savior.
Hey, that would make a nice avatar.
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I thought Rush Limbaugh was responsible for the swine flu "epidemic"

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I thought Rush Limbaugh was responsible for the swine flu "epidemic"
Well, I couldn't have caught it from him. Unless he contaminated my mail from the Sierra Club.
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youz meanz like DIS?
That was so scary that if I hadn't been wearing Depends, I might have soiled myself.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
The governmental panic and over-reaction is hurting local businesses and schools. This is NOT 1918 all over again! As many of you have mentioned, ordinary precautions and a healthy immune system are all the protection one needs, and even if you do happen to succumb, recovery is likely to be total and rapid.
Actually, many of the victims of the 1918 pandemic were young and with presumably 'healthy immune symptoms'.
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youz meanz like DIS?
I've seen that movie at least three times.
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Someone mentioned bicycling a few posts back, I believe.
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